Non-healthcare Waste

Green stream

From 1st January 2014, the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 require the segregation of recyclates (recyclable raw materials) for collection e.g. glass, paper, cardboard, metals and plastics.
Green stream waste is made up of items that are recyclable within local authority schemes. Items are segregated in to recycling containers at point of use
There are 2 colour coded systems in use for green stream waste, either “Recycle for Scotland” used by Local Authorities and retailers, or an NHS developed alternative system.

Check with your local authority which colour coded system is in use.

Store uncontaminated source-segregated recyclates (e.g. newspapers, cans, glass bottles) in bags or boxes to suit the recycling scheme.

Store separately from other waste streams.

Black stream

This stream contains the remaining waste once green stream waste recyclable items have been segregated.

Store general (mixed municipal) waste (e.g. uncontaminated paper towels and wipes, soiled packaging, human hygiene wastes, sanitary towels, nappies) in black bags or suitably labelled and secured cardboard boxes.

NB: Human hygiene wastes, sanitary towels and nappies must not be compacted. Within the NHS, the waste contractor must make these types of waste unrecognisable (usually done by shredding).

Fill black/clear waste bags no more than three quarters full and do not exceed 4kg in weight.

Ensure the bag is sealed securely.

Do not use a healthcare (special) waste ratchet tag to seal black waste bags.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment

Many items of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are treated as special waste due to the presence of dangerous substances, such as heavy metal batteries. WEEE should be managed by an appropriate authorised contractor and should not be placed in the municipal waste stream. Responsibility for disposal of non-household WEEE depends on whether it was purchased before or after 13 Aug 2005.

Establish whether the practice or the producer is responsible for disposal of the WEEE items.

If responsibility for disposal lies with the practice, follow SEPA waste guidelines, including completion of a waste transfer note, or consignment note if the WEEE contains hazardous substances and is classed as special waste.

Disposal of non-healthcare waste

Arrange for Black and Green stream waste to be collected by your local authority or a private waste management/recycling contractor.

Ensure a transfer note (including the correct European Waste Catalogue code [4] and tonnage of waste) is completed for each uplift, and a consignment note is completed for each uplift of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

  • Alternatively, a ‘blanket’ transfer note might be provided annually (note that there is usually a charge for this service).

Keep transfer notes for at least 2 years, and consignment notes for WEEE for 3 years.

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